Cubs pitching prospect C.J. Edwards was promoted from Tennessee to Iowa on Friday. To make room for Edwards on the roster, the Cubs released left-hander Hunter Cervenka. Edwards, acquired from the Rangers in the 2013 trade involving Matt Garza, was a starter his previous two seasons with the Cubs but got switched to the bullpen this spring. In 13 AA games out of the pen, the right-hander went 2-2 with a 2.66 ERA, tossing 23.2 frames with 11 H, 7 ER, 17 BB and 36 K. He will continue to work in relief for Iowa and a trip to Wrigley may be in his near future, especially if Chicago’s bullpen woes continue.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—El Paso (Padres) 14, Iowa 2
El Paso (25-23) scored six times in the third and added five in the sixth to down Iowa (23-24).
Hitting Recap: Arismendy Alcantara (.267) went 3-for-4 and knocked in one of Iowa’s run. Alcantara is hitting .359 over his last 10 games. Rubi Silva (.270) tripled and drove in a run while Taylor Teagarden went 1-for-3 with a walk and scored twice. SS Javier Baez (.284) singled in four at-bats.
Pitching Chart: Dallas Beeler (1-4, 10.29 ERA) didn’t make it out of the third inning and still threw 67 pitches. The right-hander was charged with nine runs on five hits and three walks in 2.1 innings. He surrendered a pair of homers and fanned one. Joseph Ortiz gave up three runs in three innings on three hits and a walk. Acquired from Seattle in the Welington Castillo trade, Yoervis Medina got tagged for a pair of runs on three hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. Since joining the Cubs, Medina has a line of 4.2 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 7 K with a 7.71 ERA and .375 BAA. Gonzalez Germen tossed a scoreless 8th.
I-Cubs Notes: Iowa has not named a starter for Saturday night’s game in El Paso.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 10, Mobile (D-Backs) 8
Tennessee got another big night at the plate from Willson Contreras and then hung on in the 9th for the win over Mobile.
Hitting Recap: Willson Contreras (.314) is having his best season as a pro and the 23-year-old kept it going on Friday night, slugging his 4th homer and going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. He also walked twice and scored three times.....C Kyle Schwarber (.314) had two hits, including a RBI double in the 1st inning, and also threw out a base stealer. Anthony Giansanti (.247) knocked in three runs with a pair of hits while Billy McKinney (.280) went 2-for-5 with a double, triple, 2 RBI and two runs scored. Elliot Soto (.278) had two singles, a walk, and stole his third base.
Pitching Chart: Corey Black turned in one of his more efficient outings of the season, limiting the Bay Bears to one run over five innings. He only needed 71 pitches, 43 for strikes, striking out six while limiting his opponent to three hits and a walk. He finished with a game score of 62. Michael Wagner gave up two runs in 1.1 innings and Starling Peralta retired all four hitters he faced, including a double play when he entered the game in the 7th. Gerardo Concepcion only got one out in the 9th and was charged with five runs, four coming on a grand slam. P.J. Francescon recorded his sixth save, getting the final two outs but not before allowing an inherited runner to score.
Smokies News: Ivan Pineyro (4-2, 2.92 ERA) gets the start on Saturday night against Mobile
Carolina League—High A—Carolina (Braves) 2, Myrtle Beach 0
Myrtle Beach (29-16) got shutout as Carolina (20-24) ended their 12-game losing streak.
Hitting Recap: Pelicans only managed four hits in the game, all singles, as LF Chesny Young (.347) was on base twice with a single and a walk. SS Carlos Penalver (.244) went 1-for 2 with a walk while Victor Caratini (.233) and Kevin Brown (.231) singled.
Pitching Chart: Duane Underwood (5-1, 1.60 ERA) suffered his first loss of the season, despite only allowing four hits and two walks in six innings. He fanned one in his 74-pitch outing and recorded 14 ground ball outs. Josh Conway tossed two innings of scoreless relief, yielding only a walk.
Pelicans News: The Pelicans head to Potomac and send Paul Blackburn (3-2, 4.64 ERA) to the mound to face Nationals pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez (2-1, 2.75 ERA), who the Pelicans beat last week.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 6, Lake County (Indians) 5
South Bend rallied from a 5-0 deficit to snap a four-game losing steak and take the opener at Lake County.
Hitting Recap: The Cubs had one base runner, a Gleyber Torres (.331) single over the first five innings and he got picked off as they had no answer for Indians first-round pick Justus Sheffield. The 19-year-old left-hander retired 14 straight before a Jesse Hodges (.237) single with one out in the sixth. Another hit, a hit batter and a bases clearing doubled by Torres changed the game. Andrew Ely’s RBI singled scored Torres as the Cubs cut the lead to 5-4 and chased Sheffield. 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.295) homered for the third straight game to tie the contest in the 7th and David Bote (.211) broke an 0-for-22 streak with a solo homer that proved to be the difference. Balaguert added a single and extended his multi-hit game streak to seven games and his hit streak to eight.
Pitching Chart: Jake Stinnett’s roller-coaster season continued on Friday night as the Cubs second-round pick in ’14 allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings. He fanned four and has a 6.27 ERA in 33 innings (40 H, 24 BB, 27 K). David Garner (2-0, 4.91 ERA) threw two shutout innings of relief and got credit of the win. Francisco Carrillo worked the final two innings, keeping the Captains off the board for his second save.
SB-Cubs News: Jeremy Null (5-1, 1.89 ERA) gets the start on Saturday night at Lake County.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs
Cubs open the season on Saturday against Mets 2. Several of the Cubs prospects signed last summer are on the squad including LHP Wander Cabrera, SS Yeiler Peguero, OF Tony Rijo, OF Wander Felix and SS Fidel Mejia.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs vs. Tigers
Cubs (4-6) and the Tigers (3-7) were rained out.